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russia investigations filed piracy charges against greenpeace activists saying they may have endangered the region's environment that they try to climb on to an offshore oil platform in protest against drilling in the oxic. meanwhile the arctic is the focus of top officials on a culture experts who flock together in russia's north downsize governments beginning to honor the oil and gas treasures being revealed by the melting ice. and the dead you u.n. speech by the new iranian president under statement from the n.s.a. time to brazil in the are expected to be the highlights of this year's general assembly in new york.
international news and comments live from moscow this is the with me thanks for joining us. she greenpeace actually a south facing charges of piracy after trying to board a russian oil platform in protest against a trilling in the arctic both russian and foreign accidents are among those being investigated let's get more now from our. he's here with us in the studio so what exactly are the protesters accused of and tell us more about the charges how serious are they all those are quite serious charges indeed and there could be serious implications because the article of the russian criminal code which the activists are reportedly violated is piracy organized by a group of people and according to the russian criminal called this couldn't tail up to fifteen years in prison and up to a half a million ruble fine now also not from the russian investigators that after the
boat the arctic sunrise was seized in the waters in the economic waters of the russian federation close to the oil rig. also the found some kind of electronic equipment on board that vessel the equipment which is used according to investigators for unidentified means and also the biggest irony here according to the investigators is that the activists of the greenpeace organization the organization which has always been fighting to prevent any kind of ecological disasters and catastrophes could have created such a catastrophe or a disaster by breaching the security of this oil rig and thus it could have endangered the ecology of the entire region of course that is yet to be determined whether their actions could have led to such drastic consequences what we do know from the head of the investigative committee of the russian prosecutor general's office that those people if they are found guilty will be criminally prosecuted regardless of their nationality and we do know that there are at least thirty
greenpeace activists on board the arctic sunrise vessel and six of them are believed to be citizens of the united kingdom so what about greenpeace and so have we heard anything from the organization to the actions of the russian authorities. well there are there spokesperson in russia already denial and denounced all such accusations staunchly denounced and said that they were there in the northern seas to peacefully protest against the oil drilling in the north seas and their actions had no nothing illegal about them but we do know at the moment that the arctic sunrise vessel was told to the bay of the city in the north of russia and the crew is on board as well as the activists are on board the ship and they're not allowed to leave the ship until the all the investigative procedures have been completed now obviously the organization is not a stranger to controversy we've seen over the years that sometimes there are peaceful protest involved unlawful means actions in two thousand and six the very
same ship the arctic sunrise try to ram a japanese fishing boat which the greenpeace organization described as the protest against whaling we also have seen several sit ins when the greenpeace activist block the entrance to different ministries ecological ministries and different governmental bodies across the planet not letting the employees inside and we've also seen over the years how the greenpeace activists have been breaching the perimeters of different nuclear power stations across the planet if we go back to the year nine hundred eighty six when the chernobyl disaster happened i remember seeing the greenpeace activists infiltrating the area and staging a protest in the cooling bond literally just meters away from the burning reactor of the chernobyl nuclear power plant so obviously this is the latest link in the whole chain of controversial events surrounding the peaceful ecological are going to zation such as the greenpeace thank you very much indeed for that we have a shared thank you. and staying in the region the untouched abuse healed the sick
may soon be a thing of the past many nations are craving to get their hands on the vast resources hidden beneath the ice and ice which is rapidly melting away that's why russia is convinced the third international actually form hoping to draw attention to the region psychological security those with the strongest food in the polar door are the eight states with territory in the frozen region the arctic council consists of eight countries with russia canada and the u.s. boasting the biggest bites the region has enough fuel to supply the entire world for three straight years and multibillion dollar deals are already being signed. reports now and will spain done to protect the area. initially the idea was foot forward by the president here in silly thought the only city located exactly all of the arctic circle. is definitely the most important issue being discussed we've
got over four hundred experts international experts who arrived here to discuss these problems and the general understanding is that the climate in fact has changed temperatures have in general warmed up in the arctic milking the ice caps and opening new opportunities clearly for different countries to develop its vast natural resources and also new trade routes like the northern trade route which is actively now being used by countries like china with the help of russia since well just the figures tell the story by themselves four ships heading say from beijing to rotterdam it takes around two weeks quicker then say if they take the traditional south the routes so clearly here the understanding is that the environment of the arctic has to be protected and in the future the president's international presence in the arctic will only increase so the are discussing currently working projects in the sphere of energy development and so on but
a lot of attention is also being focused at the heritage a left from the cold war era we're talking about old abandoned military bases various types of hardware tens of thousands of barrels with fuels with fuel and it's understood that it's not been left by just one country like the soviet union but it's canada the u.s. and here everybody saying it's not the responsibility of one state to clean this trash up but it's really the responsibility of everyone. and of course we'll be watching all the developments from the forum today. and on our website. at. the chemical design and of syria iran's relations with the the notorious n.s.a. spy scandal are expected to dominate these here. assembly and let's not cross straight to new york with the latest from our correspondent. there hide them arenas
so any showdown expected today that. well a lot of discussions clearly and speeches are under way at the u.n. general assembly debate right now is opening the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon is addressing the international the international body but what we can expect is for america global spy program to take center stage right at the top of this debate n.s.a. spy program the relevation revelations of its garner the attention not only the u.s. citizens but at the attention of the world when the u.s. was implicated in spying domestically and on foreign governments and institutions what's interesting here is that brazilian president dilma rousseff is the first speaker she will be addressing the international community in just a few moments she recently last week canceled her state visit to the white house
that was scheduled for next month she was supposed to meet with u.s. president barack obama but she canceled that meeting. in response to. the n.s.a.'s program spying on her personal communications as was reported by documents leaked by n.s.a. whistles whistleblower edward snowden the n.s.a. spied on the brazilians president's personal communications as well as brazilian citizens this is not something the brazilian president is happy about or latin america in general is happy about many heads of state have called on us president barack obama to publicly apologize for the n.s.a.'s pervasive spy program so we can expect that she will be addressing this surveillance system that the u.s. has in place now after the brazilian president wraps up her address to the international community u.s. president barack obama will take to the podium there may be an awkward moment we'll have to wait and see the u.s. leader of course is expected to address several issues he may speak about the n.s.a.'s spying program but he also course is expected to talk about iran's
disputed nuclear program syria's chemical weapon use and peace talks between israel and palestine let's remember that failed middle east peace talks led to the palestinians to seek to seek statehood recognition at the u.n. last year despite. it's from from washington and a few hours after president obama speaks iran's new president hassan rouhani will be addressing the general assembly for the first time he is expected to bring a different tone than his predecessor. in the past and president rouhani has been leading something of a diplomatic charm offensive in past weeks signaling his willingness to enter new negotiations with the u.s. over tehran's nuclear program and now the extension of an olive branch seems to be working because we've we have found out that on thursday u.s. secretary of state john kerry is scheduled to personally meet with his iranian
counterpart mohammad javad zarif in a p five plus one meeting that's a meeting of the five permanent members of the security council plus germany and that meeting will discuss iran's nuclear program of course more intriguing to it to a lot of people is the possibility that u.s. president barack obama may have an encounter with you braun's the new president while both are at the united nations on tuesday now a white house officials say no official meeting is planned but they might accidentally bump into each other in the hallway i don't know how accidental meetings happen like that but if they do bump into one another there's a good chance that that's something that was possibly organized so that's something that a lot of people are waiting to see if that happens how the two men will address one another and of course another important meeting to note is a bilateral meeting that is scheduled for tuesday afternoon between russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov and his u.s. counterpart john kerry they will be discussing the russia u.s.
brokered deal on syria and to put syria's chemical weapons under international control we know that the u.s. and its european allies have been drafting a resolution to be voted on in the security council to cement this deal that moscow and washington have which. together we'll see how that goes as well the security council might vote on it this week it might not we know that russia is opposed to any any text in that resolution that would say that if the syrian government doesn't abide to to handing over its chemical weapons in certain timeframe then there could be military intervention that's what the u.s. and europeans particularly britain and france are pushing for moscow is very much against that so there's a lot of negotiation still to be had but of a lot of interesting speeches to be looked looking forward to the media and we are looking forward to hearing them all ok marina thank you very much indeed for that obviates and we'll be bringing you the live on drugs from the brazilian president
you're watching i'll see live from moscow welcome by. security forces are combing at nairobi's westgate mall the site of kenya's was a terrorist attack in fifteen years the al shabaab is the most group responsible for the assault claims its members are still holed up inside with a number of hostages meanwhile kenya's foreign minister says at least americans and a british citizen are among the al qaeda linked insurgents that carried out the actual city there are reports that a british woman lisa wait may have spearheaded that time chicken vote had to islam
as a young woman and married a man who later become a london seven seven so said paula and concern reports say she was among the minister's code at least sixty two people died in the hostage crisis with around a hundred and seventy injured the al shabaab militants said they carried out that's not in retaliation for kenyan military operations in somalia and brian even director of the center for the study of hate and extremism says young people from somalia american communities are an easy target for extremists for it is. there is a somali community in the minneapolis area which is very much against what's going on here by the way but that is being demeaned recruiting spies or the smallest little groups of youth to show their bin stuff you look she was there even to convince others to join them there's also. an effort over the internet and
through other unlined publications to recruit young westernized muslim youth from throughout the world to come to that area i think it's also. kind of this youthful anti-establishment anti western military response and i also feel if something else is jihadi me which is permeated some of the social media as well and al qaida has been successful with using that. and of course we'll keep you updated on this ongoing story and remember you can always get more by logging on to our web site. you can go online to get access to the latest pictures updates and witness accounts from the scene of the tragedy all of that's waiting for you as. it was once the sun told the industrial revolution with chimneys belching smoke into the sky but it
seems time to acknowledge happened to improve the air quality in parts of the u.k. the chemicals are slowly discreetly poisoning londoners in particular who can do little to curb the problem as are his pointed boycott reports. on the great london small given nine hundred fifty two britain was back in the dozens of square miles blanketed day off today reading this result was an unhappy drunk can be healthy for anyone today it appears much cleaner but the reality is that london's air is so dirty it's been breaching the legal limits set out by the e.u. for years. that a thousand deaths are attributed to pollution and people look at the air today and it's clean but unfortunately it's still very dangerous. air pollution today is completely invisible but the reason for this is it's very small microscopic particles and that's also the reason that they're so damaging to your health
because they can travel deep inside of this system and it's london is controversial that's largely responsible for it cars and lorries emit an invisible gas called mite trojan dioxide known as the silent killer its effects on noticeable it can cause or spiritual disease reduce lung function and according to the world health organization even trigger lung cancer the biggest single source of much and dioxide this toxic gas in london are actually these red buses going cause we're also very concerned about diesel vehicles diesel vehicles are responsible probably for about ninety percent of the most harmful exhaust emissions clientèle earth an environmental campaign group is suing the u.k. government for what they call failing to protect brits from ad pollution and failing to come up with plans to drastically reduce nitrogen dioxide levels we're currently breaching limits in forty to forty three zones in the u.k. and sixteen of these we don't think we're going to reach them until twenty twenty
and that's ten years after the deadline in may the supreme court ruled that the government isn't doing enough to reduce pollution and improve public health we got in touch with defra the government department responsible for quality and they told us equality has. improve significantly in london and we expect it to improve further thanks to the actions the government is taking to reduce transport emissions but campaigners say that charging cars to drive into central london and introducing what the government has tagged as green a buses isn't enough i think they need to take a really hard look at what's necessary to reduce pollution in the u.k. that the choices are extremely difficult and electorally not very popular it basically means taking diesel vehicles off the road in the in the very foreseeable future you can imagine that's not a vote women have to deal with the city as it is and not some crazy green.
in which we all sit around. and the movie and enabling drugs in the present is that is not going to that is not going to happen since it's not going to happen campaign as a write in london is to each do their bit to make the air in the city cleaner by shining their cars and paddling around town instead while avoiding the most polluted routes of course but it's not clear how much difference it will make since the government itself admits that london will remain dangerously polluted until at least the year twenty twenty five. london. when has law enforcement been so keen to make sure smartphone users are a brown stop the very latest software updates new york police have been blasting apple customers with outdated operating systems and urging them to keep up with technology on our website find out how that's become a reality on the streets of the become. comes to showing off its military
might iran's army and others just how to shine and style technology for the of these missiles with a range of up to two thousand kilometers parading down the streets of tehran on the emotional page at all to dot com. first street. and i think the true. on our reporters would. be. on to some other international news in brief this hour the eastern part of pakistan has been a strong powerful seven point eight magnitude earthquake at least two people have been killed and others are believed to be buried under the debris that's in
a district near the epicenter was several buildings have reportedly collapsed tremors have been reported all around the region as far as india's capital new delhi hundreds of kilometers away. a full day nationwide protests in bangladesh turned violent as police clash with garment factory workers demonstrators tourist rows of security forces responded with rather bullets and tear gas one hundred fifty people were injured in the rest as protesters set fire to several front trees demanding higher wages some employees claim to have to endure on nineteen hour shifts in their place of work the bangladeshi government has been under pressure to reform the industry after the collapse of a factory building in april which killed up to one thousand people. killed last has been reported in damascus by syrian state t.v. as several people have been killed in what the media described as a terrorist act big slogan occurred in the capital southern district there is been
a fierce battle ground between the rebel forces and the army for months. austerity continues to bind family budgets in portugal which is making many people find it increasingly difficult to produce on the table e.u. aid programs are also being cut making the situation in the recession hit country even worse and as the number of people in need arises local volunteer tragedies are coming to the rescue. the reports. with a little of the chile they way. this mother and her son and now alliance and the consuls hunger and shapelessness increasingly common in today's lisbon thankful eighty two charity could rethink the day to weight loss. was almost a million people in the country estimated to be severely materially deprived and struggling to put food on the table charities like this has become essential to
plug the gap we joined at the start of the evening shift i think now because of the crisis we have a lot of families we do. we do necessity of food because. sometimes there are their mortgages and all that is only even still here exactly it is not employment has actually dropped a little bit and then things are getting better slowly. i am an economist myself so i think right now in portugal i don't believe. this strategy that we are taking because we should. we should focus on getting more employment in starting to have. some kind of. they're going to hold these austerity kind of way your doing stuff is one of the reforms aims is to have like the first city in the world also not wasting food
so you think you'll achieve it yeah we believe so we feed operate so what they call a micro local level they signed up restaurants and cafes in this area today in eight feet that they have let dave closing telling. me here some of them some of them you a long series good for us some sometimes we are lucky to pencil in a very. today. it's great because the left is not being thrown into the garbage and. back at headquarters and it's all hands on deck to prepare the food parcels this the brainchild of this learned a lot of the people who receive our food have always struggled with crisis. and then we have people who are suddenly don't have work and don't have income.
it's. harder thing to them to take you know. to a situation of needing food assistance. we see those people. when we think first started it was just one man one site said around thirty restaurants have agreed to date a little over a year and a half later and take a look at this they've got hundreds of volunteers they've expanded to two sites more than a hundred and thirty west poles cafes and supermarkets no more than half a day to the cause with the country struggling under the weight of a stereotype measures imposed on seventy eight billion euro bailout and with spending cuts to feed programs threatening provisions already in place in the future and local full interior programs looks set to become increasingly important and say for tonight at least some will not go hungry so.
it's been. on the pegs he travels to an island the size of a football field which has become a place for pilgrimage from a russian. the macmillan family in canada has decided to defy time itself and keep their family trapped in one thousand nine hundred six sort of like new age only for one year and not their whole lives so to live in one nine hundred sixty family forbids the use of any technology developed after the mid eighty's they want their children to experience the world they grew up in when you had to read books and if you're outside no one could call you and there were no tablet computers to stupefy children at a moment's notice as a paradigm some sympathy with this idea because i like all of you have seen that technology is dumbing us down a lot i mean how often do you have to memorize a phone number nowadays and we've all seen bad parents just sit their kids in front
of the technology and ignore them to chat on facebook about what they saw on netflix but on the other hand for the first time in human history you have the power of knowledge at your fingertips there is an instructional video to do anything you want on you tube and getting basic information on any scientific or historical topic is one click away if you find the idea of the self-made man romantic the now is your time because anyone who has the will to learn can learn you know i don't come from money without the internet i would definitely not have this job and i'd probably be worshipping at the feet of rush limbaugh deluded by the mainstream media modern technology can make your mind with information or break it with cat videos and dumb trendiness but that's up to you and this is just my opinion.
i want to live here when i grow up. this place is so sacred. they say the church was built here in the twelfth century it was destroyed in the 1930's. people constantly chose this place to pray and by doing so they created an atmosphere of holiness you can't commit a sin here even if you want to. i do want to come here what aren't what i do there but they came and stayed. with them the island changes every one little by little bit in the lake and in the sea of light.